21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

By Beth Holland
July 12, 2016

This article describes the shift in the role of libraries in the 21st century and the corresponding shift in the design and use of the physical library space. With increasing access to technology in schools, students no longer need the library simply as an archive of information. Instead, libraries can become spaces that encourage participatory, student-driven learning that allows for construction of meaning from a variety of sources. To this end, rather than becoming obsolete, libraries can become dynamic hubs of student-centered inquiry within a school.

This article may be useful to librarians or other school leaders considering redesigning school spaces to better fit a school-wide culture of student-centered learning.

Source Organization: Edutopia

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